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Dafen Oil Painting Village

Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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As featured in Daytrips from Shenzhen
Ranked #14 of 347 attractions in Shenzhen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or... more » Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt. « less
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I first visited Dafen about 5 years ago and it was hard to get to from Lu Wu Commercial centre, it has nowhere to eat once we arrived and no English speakers at all. This trip, about my fourth over the years, I took three friends who had never been and it has come a long long way without loosing... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Pretty easy to find. Some pretty interesting works but after awhile many of the paintings start looking the same. What was quite interesting was the Dafen Art Museum which was located at one end of the area. They just happened to have an exhibit of works from some graduating students. Some were really quite good. The exhibit also happened to... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A lot of the paintings are very average - I didn't even get to haggle because of the quality.so even though there were lots of vendors there is very little to differentiate between them.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I enjoyed my time here, it was one of the highlights of my trip to China. The art is wonderful and it was such an amazing experience to witness the artist at work. I purchased a painting of Budda and when I took it in to be framed, the sales person, who is an artist commented on how wonderful the... More

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The most amazing place to buy art I've ever seen and at unbelievable prices! These artists can copy anything and make it look like the original!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I went here in the summer of 2013 with one of my co-workers. I was amazed by the variety of art and the choices available. There's a pretty interesting history of Dafen Art Village if you look it up. Not someplace I'd just go to hang out, but if you're looking to buy some art, this would be a great... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Oil Painting Village is a group of numerous small shops which sell cheap replicas or original paintings. They are extremely affordable; small paintings cost only around 20RMB. They also have delivery service and some shops offer services in which they go to your house and paint a door/wall if you live nearby (Shenzhen or Hong Kong). The quality is... More

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I looked at the reviews on this site, and especially at the pictures, and went to the village with those expectations. In actuality it didn't look very much like in the pictures. That might have been because I visited in the summer heat and many artists just didn't want to sit painting outdoors. It was actually pretty hard to find... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Dafen is a really spectacular place to see artists in their setting and doing their thing. You can get custom paintings made so bring a really good print out of what you might want and give it to one of the artists to make for you. And as always, feel free to negotiate. It is a really great place to... More

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Shenzhen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Many shops and artists selling their work. Can take a picture to get painted on canvas. Lots of variety, skill and quality, add-on's welcomed! I bought some nice paintings that they delivered to me the next day! Many can speak english

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